BOSM Student Awarded National Capital Chapter ASIS Scholarship

| May 29, 2013
Webster University's National Capital Region student Rod Taylor has won a scholarship by the National Capital Chapter of ASIS International.

Business and Organizational Security Management student Rod Taylor has been awarded the 2013 National Capital Chapter of ASIS International scholarship following a nomination by Webster adjunct faculty member Kevin Peterson.

Webster University’s National Capital Region graduate student Rod Taylor has been awarded the 2013 scholarship by the National Capital Chapter of ASIS International, a global community of security practitioners who have a role in asset protection, be it people, property or information.

The ASIS National Capital Chapter Security Education Foundation scholarship invites academic institutions in the Metropolitan Washington, D.C., area to nominate one  student, who has completed one year of study and has a GPA of 3.0 or higher, for a Chapter scholarship.

Enrolled in Webster’s Business and Organizational Security Management (BOSM) program, Taylor is currently employed as the physical security program manager of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, helping ensure the physical and cyber security of the agency’s workforce.

Taylor was honored at the recognition and grateful for the nomination by Webster adjunct faculty member Kevin Peterson and the ASIS National Capital Chapter. Peterson, a long-standing and active member of ASIS, said he was impressed with Taylor’s professional contributions as well as his outstanding performance in the classroom.

“Rod is always willing to share relevant perspectives with his fellow students while at the same time learning from their experiences,” Peterson said. “This multilateral information exchange is one of the key benefits of Webster’s program. Most of our students are mid-career professionals with a lot of practical and diverse experiences to share.”

Early in his career, Taylor worked in electronics in the Marine Corps, before his introduction to security systems. With 18 years of security experience, Taylor reflects on his career field: “There’s a sense of accomplishment knowing people are physically safe, and that makes you feel good.”

Taylor not only has experience in physical security, but in information security as well, and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISPP) and a Certified Protection Professional (CPP). This dynamic background allows him to speak both languages in the world of security. “It is great to see where the two worlds come together, lessons learned and future opportunities for cross collaboration,” he said.

Rod originally learned about Webster University from a co-worker, who also graduated from the BOSM degree program. He enjoys that the program is broad based, and universal, touching all aspects of security. He’s already been able to apply many of his classroom lessons on the job, especially regarding how criminals justify behavior.

Submitted by Angela Young, community relations coordinator, National Capital Region

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